by BK Munn
The nominees for this year’s Doug Wright Awards were announced yesterday and it’s another killer slate of the best English-language cartooning in the country. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of May 11 during the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Best Book

A Western World (Koyama Press) by Michael DeForge 
Young Frances (Adhouse Books) by Hartley Yin
Evie and the Truth About Witches by John Martz (Koyama Press)
Somnambulance (Koyama Press) by Fiona Smyth 

Doug Wright Spotlight Award
(a.k.a. The Nipper),
presented to a Canadian cartoonist or team deserving of wider recognition

Ariane Dénommé100 Days in Uranium City (Conundrum Press)
Aminder DhaliwalWoman World (Drawn & Quarterly)
Al GofaDark Angels of Darkness (Peow Studio)
Victor MartinsStay and You Don’t Have To be Afraid of Me 
Sylvia NickersonAll We Have Left Is This 
Eric Kostiuk WilliamsOur Wretched Town Hall (Retrofit Comics)

Pigskin Peters Award
(best experimental, unconventional, or avant-garde comic)

Eggshell 2 (ddogg) by William Dereume
Winter’s Cosmos (Koyama Press) by Michael Comeau 
Promising Jupiter by Ron Hotz 
310, 310 (Peow Studio) by Mushbuh 
Retomber by Xiaoxiao Li
All the nominees were published in 2018 and were chosen by a committee made up of Ehab Arafeh, Alex Hoffman, Betty Liang, and Sabrina Scott. The actual winners will be chosen by a jury made up of Canadian comics luminaries: Rotem DiamantRebecca Roher, Joe Ollmann, and Dalton Sharp.